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For Immediate Release
Contact: Kevin Carleton 617/353-2240

Commissioner Interview Panel Established

Boston -- A public panel established to assist the Board of Education in its search for a new commissioner of education has been appointed.

"I am pleased to make public the names of individuals who will serve on a committee representing constituencies with which the Commissioner of Education must work," said Board Chairman John Silber. "This committee will interview each of the candidates for the position of Commissioner of Education in the presence of members of the Board of Education. The Board in reaching its decision will assess the candidates in part by the way in which they respond to questions from this committee.

"As Chairman of the Board of Education, I wish to express my deep appreciation to the members of this committee of constituents for their commitment of time and effort to help us in the selection process."

The members are:


Kathleen Riordan
Teacher, Director of Foreign Languages, Springfield Public Schools


Michael Contompasis
Former Headmaster, Boston Latin School

Emily Shamieh
Principal, John Winthrop Elementary School, Dorchester


Kathy Kelley
President, Massachusetts Federation of Teachers

Steve Gorrie
President, Massachusetts Teachers Association


Joseph A Bage
Superintendent, Brockton Public Schools


Cathy E. Minehan
Parent and President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Higher Education

Peter Cressy
Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


Wayne Budd, Esq.
Group President, Bell Atlantic

John Gould
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Associated Industries of Massachusetts

School Committee

Cyndy Taymore
Former member, Swampscott School Committee

February 1, 1999

Last Updated: February 1, 1999
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